Day #16 Pipe Cleaner Play

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by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

Today had been a reeeaallly long day and we were all pretty shattered.  I asked Boo if he wanted to ‘make’ today and got a resounding ‘NO!’


Only Day #16 and I have already ‘broken’ Boo!!

I had a quick re-think because I knew Boo was still happy to sit and play; he just didn’t want to get into his splash suit and have to concentrate on something for very long.  I remembered seeing a piece on Pinterest about using slightly unusual objects to encourage development of motor skills and I knew that it was something Boo would be happy to do this evening.

When I decided to do this challenge, it was never about making 100 things, but about exploration and trying out new creative things together each day.  Today was just going to be one of the ‘no makes’ days – sort of!

What You’ll Need


This is a really straightforward activity.  What you are aiming for is to get your little one to practice putting the pipe cleaners into the little holes of the colander and then also getting them to put the other end of the pipe cleaners into a hole too….sounds too simple…..that’s the beauty of it.  I gave Boo the pipe cleaners (that were still in their bag) and he went about selecting the ones he wanted to use.  Once I’d shown him the activity once, he happily worked his way around the colander until he had decided he’d done enough.


Although this doesn’t produce a painted, sequined masterpiece to hang on the wall, it certainly provides a calming, quiet activity that was perfect before bedtime (instead of the TV!).  Your little one will be improving their fine motor skills, and if you take the time to sit with them it is an excellent opportunity to talk to them about the different colours and textures.


Prep Time: 5 minutes (just gathering the pipe cleaners and colander)

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #16 DONE! 84 to go!

Sara x


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